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Clapham win First Division finals

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Clapham win First Division finals

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TOP FLIGHT BASKETBALL is getting back its most storied franchise. 

Mark Leacock had 11 of his game-high 17 points during a decisive 24-6 fourth-quarter run, as Clapham Bulls booked their return to the Premier League by beating Patriots 65-46 in Saturday’s Game 3 of the First Division finals at the YMCA. 

The victory ensured Clapham’s promotion to the Premier League, where they spent 28 straight seasons before getting demoted just a season ago. 

But their return wasn’t assured until late in the decisive third game, with the Bulls clinging to a tight 41-37 lead with nine minutes left. 

Leacock had a free throw and a long jumper though, splitting a pair of huge treys from Nicholas Jones that sparked Clapham’s big finish to the contest. 

National point guard Rahiim Gibbons scored 12 points and Jones added 11 while Jehnard Brewster was the lone Patriot in double digits with ten points. (JM)